Hunting and fishing 1830s-style at New Salem historic site Saturday
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[September 17, 2013]
PETERSBURG -- Hunting and
fishing on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated during
"Fur, Feather and Fin, Frontier Style," a special free event
Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.
Costumed interpreters will show how New Salem settlers put food on
the table and clothing on their backs. Demonstrations include
hunting with bow and arrow and black powder rifles, trapping and
tanning hides, cooking over an open fire, and smoking meat in one of
the village's smokehouses. The cellar at the tavern will be open and
stocked with vegetables.
Kettle corn and lemonade will be available at the event, which
runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
New Salem resident Jack Kelso made his living hunting, fishing
and trapping in central Illinois during the 1830s. He could catch
fish when others failed, always had venison in his smokehouse when
winter set in and would sell surplus venison hams as well. Abraham
Lincoln loved to go fishing and talking with Kelso, sometimes called
the most misunderstood man in New Salem because he was considered
lazy and worthless by some but also loved Shakespeare and poetry.
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Lincoln's New Salem State
Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency, is a reconstruction of the 1830s log village
where the future president spent six years of his life. It is about
20 miles northwest of Springfield and 2 miles south of Petersburg on
Route 97 and is open for free public tours.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]